The Best Texas Vacations

The Best Texas Vacations
Texas has plenty to offer the outdoor adventurist for vacations and the weather to match. Remember, Texas summers can be scorching, so dress appropriately and take the necessary precautions for an enjoyable vacation. Winters, on the other hand, are mild and provide an escape from the frigid north. Year-round outdoor activities are possible in many parts of Texas, but keep in mind it is a large state so weather across the entire state is not consistent.

Big Bend National Park

Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and head to Big Bend National Park. Located in southwest Texas, Big Bend is hundreds of miles from city life. Choose from more than 150 miles of trails, such as Window Trail or Lost Mine Trail, and plan a hiking trip. The highest elevations are in the Chisos Mountains around 7,800 feet. Utilize the lightly traveled roads of Big Bend and jump on a bike. Travelers find over 100 miles of paved roads and 160 miles of back country dirt roads for exploration. Check at the visitors center for road conditions and remember temperatures are highest from May to September, so pack accordingly

Big Bend National Park
P.O. Box 129
Big Bend National Park, Texas 79834

Enchanted Rock State Natural Area

Plan a trip to the Texas Hill Country. Make a stop at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, one of the largest batholiths in the United States. Enchanted Rock rises 1,825 feet above sea level and is composed of pink granite. Enjoy hiking, rock climbing, camping and star gazing at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area. View wildlife in its natural habitat, historical artifacts and indigenous plants to the area. Near Enchanted Rock State Natural Area find the Guadalupe River available for canoeing, fishing, swimming, tubing or rafting. The Texas Hill Country is known as the birth place of Lyndon Johnson and Texas Wine Country.

Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
16710 Ranch Rd. 965
Fredericksburg, Texas 78624

South Padre Island

Head south and enjoy the warm waters of South Padre Island. Known as "the tropical tip of Texas," South Padre Island sits on the longest barrier Island in the world. Featuring a sub-tropical climate with an average winter temperatures of 65 degrees, South Padre Island is a year-round vacation destination. Take a swim in the warm Gulf waters or relax on the sandy beaches. Consider a fishing, snorkeling or boat excursion. Test your skills at windsurfing, jet skiing, kiteboarding, surfing or parasailing.

Article Written By Erica Green

Erica Green has been a freelance journalist since 2008. She has contributed to the Atlantic Publishing Company, Texas Sports, Confessions of a Homeowner and more. Green is currently pursuing a degree in Spanish, and she tutors English Language Learner students. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Texas and is a certified middle school teacher.

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